8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kandy tour planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kandy is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Polonnaruwa and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, and finally appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hurulu Eco Park
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

1
night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Mirissa Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip maker .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Unawatuna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Mirissa
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness

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